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Video: Jack Jewsbury nails down the Cascadia Cup

Jack Jewsbury

Portland Timbers’ Jack Jewsbury celebrates after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the first half of an MLS soccer game on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Vancouver, B.C. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


You know how we like our goals around ProSoccerTalk that check multiple boxes. Take Jack Jewsbury, a.k.a. Captain Jack around Portlandia, who nailed a very special one on Sunday evening.

It had technical quality; any goal would that is still rising as it stings the net from about 30 yards was certainly hit from the sweet spot.

It had audacity, again, as any shot that measures a certain distance must.

And it had meaning. Oh, so much meaning.

Portland’s sophomore season went down the toilet long ago. Well, mostly down the toilet; there was always the Cascadia Cup to play for. That’s the award that goes to Portland, Vancouver or Seattle, the best club in terms of the three-headed Pacific Northwest season series.

The Timbers’ 1-0 win Sunday over Vancouver gave the Jeld-Wen Field faithfuls something to feel good about, a trophy to hold aloft on a season they want to quickly forget otherwise.

And they owe a lot of it to “Captain Jack,” a man who was marginalized on the team for long stretches this year, moved to right back for a time.

But he was back in the center Sunday night – and Portland fans are a little happier today because of it. Here are the full match highlights, including Jewsbury’s fantastic strike.